By Sok Lak
Sport Officials expressed their willingness to win more gold medals from upcoming 26th Southeast Asia (SEA) Games this year in Indonesia while Cambodia athletes are trying hard form training before heading off to attend regional tournament. Cambodia athletes won only three golden medals from the last SEA Games in Laos, and this year Cambodia athletes will achieve more than previous time.
“I expected that Cambodia athletes will achieve more than three goal medals for the nation from SEA Games this year,” Vath Chamrouen, Secretary General of National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) said during meeting with 20 sport federations within in the Kingdom.
He lectures participants about the strong support for athletes for the 26th SEA Games on September 31. He added that Taekwondo, Tennis, Wrestling and Petanque are the potential sport fields for Kingdom, which hopes to get gold medals at the international tournaments. Moreover, Badminton, Volleyball, Golf, Judo, Kempo (original martial arts from Karate), Table tennis, Traditional boat racing, Athletic, International Boxing, Vovinam, Swimming, Gymnastics, Breach Volleyball are “the strategy sport which can have ability to achieve medals from competition this year.”
In the encouragement for athletes to get more medals especially goal medals, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport will hand over cash awards with US$ 6,000 to an athlete who wins goal medal, US$4,000 and US$2,000 respectively to an athlete who achieve silver and bronze medals. At the same time, Naga world Casino and Hotel also awarded US$3,000 for individual athletes who get a goal medal and US$5,000 to group who wins goal medal.
Angkor Beer also plans to sponsor individual athlete US$ 3,000 for goal medal and US$1,000 for silver medal, and also will award to the winning group with US$5,000 and US$2,000 for winning a goal and silver medal respectively.
Before leaving the country go to the SEA Games, Naga World also launch a party on November 6 to celebrate Cambodia athletes as encouragement for sport players to get more goal medals for Cambodia from 26th SEA Games this year. NOCC plans to send 163 athlete including 28 females athletes and 67 delegated (4 female) from 20 federations to attend SEA Games this year. “National Olympic Committee of Cambodia has applied for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport for 230 athletes and delegate to participate the SEA Games, but the ministry has not approval it yet,” Vath said.
Vath said: the 20 kinds of sport which are allow to attend the SEA Games are badminton, basketball, golf, Judo, kempo, table tennis, taekwondo, traditional boat, vovinam, wushu, swimming, athletic, international boxing, gymnastics, petanque, tennis, volleyball, breach volleyball, wrestling and football. The 26th SEA Games will be held in two cities of Indonesia, Jakarta and Palembang from 11 to 22 November with eleven countries and more than 6,000 are estimated athletes to participate in this tournament.
Source: The Southeast Asia Weekly, September 4-10, 2011, Vol 5, Issue 36, Page 12